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starboard

[stahr-berd, -bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈstɑr bərd, -ˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
the right-hand side of or direction from a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining or located to the starboard.
adverb
3.
toward the right side.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to turn (the helm) to starboard.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English sterbord (noun), Old English stēorbord, equivalent to stēor steering (see steer1) + bord side (see board)
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  • It now lies intact on is starboard side on the sandy sea bottom.
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  • Explosions ruptured a starboard tank, and led to the flooding of the engine space.
  • The resulting induced velocity at the wing is found to be constant from the port wingtip to the starboard wingtip.
  • About this time the ships of the screen were ordered to shift from the starboard to port side of the formation.
British Dictionary definitions for starboard

starboard

/ˈstɑːbəd; -ˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
the right side of an aeroplane or vessel when facing the nose or bow Compare port2
adjective
2.
relating to or on the starboard
verb
3.
to turn or be turned towards the starboard
Word Origin
Old English stēorbord, literally: steering side, from stēor steering paddle + bord side; see steer1, board; from the fact that boats were formerly steered by a paddle held over the right-hand side
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Word Origin and History for starboard
n.

Old English steorbord, literally "side on which a vessel was steered," from steor- "rudder, steering paddle" (see steer (v.)) + bord "ship's side" (see board (n.2)). Cf. Old Norse stjornborði, Low German stürbord, German Steuerbord.

Early Germanic peoples' boats were propelled and steered by a paddle on the right side. French tribord (Old French estribord), Italian stribordo are Germanic loan-words.

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